- Sep 24, 2020
The Catholic Benefits Association, based in Castle Rock, Colorado, and representing more than 1,000 Catholic health care providers, has been the largest single plaintiff challenging the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. The association first sued the government in March 2014. CBA members are facing $6 billion in accumulated penalties should the issue fail to be resolved.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said the bishops remain hopeful that the U.S. congress can come together and reform healthcare in a way that ensures it remains accessible and affordable as well as protect all human life.
After the Republican senate voted to proceed to debate their version of a healthcare bill, Bishop Frank J. Dewane released a statement saying the “current proposals are simply unacceptable as written, and any attempts to repeal the ACA (Affordable Care Act) without a concurrent replacement is also unacceptable.”
Catholic health care leaders expressed relief after the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed to garner support in the U.S. Senate. Opponents of the bill criticized the fact that the new health care program would leave many uninsured, did not consider immigrants and lacked sufficient conscience protections.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, says an acceptable health care system provides access to all, regardless of their means, and at all stages of life. The bishop said such a health care system must protect conscience rights, as well as extend to immigrant families.
“Health care is a fundamental human right, and government is its ultimate guarantor,” Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego said. “The Affordable Care Act for all its flaws was a movement in favor of comprehensive health care. This is a movement away.”